Jimmy John’s Clover Sprouts E. coli Outbreak and Lawsuits
On February 15, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it was working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and various local and state health departments to investigate an E. coli O26 outbreak linked to raw clover sprouts served on sandwiches sold at Jimmy John’s restaurants in five states. As of March 8, the CDC had confirmed at least 25 people, including 6 hospitalizations, with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O26 infections associated with this outbreak.
In Michigan, 9 E. coli cases were confirmed in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Kent counties. Iowa reported 5 confirmed illness in the following counties: Polk County (2 illnesses), Linn County (1), Johnson County (1), Dallas County (1). In Missouri, 3 were sickened in Greene County. Ohio confirmed 3 cases. 2 cases were identified in Kansas, along with 1 in Alabama, 1 in Arkansas, and 1 in Wisconsin.
The Marler Clark E. coli attorneys filed 5 lawsuits against Jimmy John’s. Fou4 cases have been resolved; 1 remains in litigation.